The Stomach-Gall Bladder Connection


Healing Gall Bladder by Listening to the Stomach

Majid Ali, M.D.

My professors at King Edward Medical College, Lahore, Pakistan, taught me much about the liver, the gall bladder, and the tube that connects them. That tube (common bile duct) drains bile into the first part of the small intestine called the duodenum. My medical textbooks added more information on the subject.

My professors taught me that the stomach lives on one planet and the gall bladder on another. My medical textbooks agreed with that. Okay, so that is not exactly right. What is exactly right is that neither the professors nor the books ever taught me how to address recurrent problems of gall bladder by listening to the stomach.

Post-cholestectomy Syndrome

During my years of surgical training, first in Pakistan and then in England, I came across patients with post-cholecystectomy syndrome. These were patients who had gall bladder removed and developed recurrent bouts of abdominal pain with nausea and vomiting , often for years, despite multiple treatment regimens. What my professors did not tell me was that the condition of post-cholecystectomy syndrome develops when a surgeon removes a gall bladder which should not have been removed. Gall bladder surgery does not address problems which are not caused by this organ.

Pathologists and the Gall Bladder

Pathologists are not attracted to gall bladders, nor gall bladders to pathologists. They have mutual and peaceful disregard for each other. During 29 years of my work in pathology departments, I acknowledged their presence at autopsy and in surgical specimens and recognized they had nothing to say to me, nor me to them. Benign neglect seemed to be the only conversing we did (me and my gall bladders).

Then came my truest teachers, my patients in integrative medicine. They were insightful and generous and revealed to me the existence of what is appropriately designated as the “stomach-gall bladder connection.” The address the subjects of formation and complication of gall stones in other articles.

The Stomach-Gall Bladder Connection

Simply stated, fermentation in any organ of the body with time can become cellular fermentation in all other organs of the body. Fermentation in the body usually begins in the colon with sugar and antibiotics abuse and untreated mold and food allergy. With time it spreads to blood and liver, as well as upwards to small intestine (including the duodenum), then to stomach and to esophagus. This sets the stage for gall bladder dysfunction related to edema and partial blockage of the bile duct where it opens into the duodenum. The answer: gut fermentation control (see my video seminar on gut fermentation available at this site as well as at

Following are my seven-step, five-day guidelines to prevent gall bladder episodes by focusing on the stomach and duodenum (to be suprvised by your doctor):

1. Four weeks of sugar-free, dairy-free, and gluten-free diet.

2. Castor oil rub remedy for the abdomen and liver

3. Aloe water one ounce four times a day

4. Digestive enzymes, 2 tablet with each meal.

5. One Nystatin tablet twice daily between meals.

6. Overhydration

7. Staying out of the head (for stress avoidance)

I offer 35 to 45-minute video seminars on all of the above subject which are available at

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